Danielle Tarr

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Pollution trading: risky scheme or market-based solution? (4/28/17)

As Maryland and other Chesapeake Bay states work to reduce pollution in our waterways, one potential strategy continues to stir debate, namely, a system that has been variously called pollution trading, water quality trading, nutrient credit trading or just plain “trading.” MCAC refers to this practice as pollution trading.

Regardless of the name, here’s the

Maryland General Assembly Sets Aside Funding for Clean Water Enforcement (4/20/17)

April 20, 2017

FY2018 Budget includes $400,000 for enforcement positions at Departments of Agriculture and the Environment

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In the final budget passed last week by the Maryland General Assembly, legislators set aside $400,000 to hire enforcement and compliance staff at the Maryland Departments of Agriculture (MDA) and the Environment (MDE). This reverses a

Partner Spotlight: A Conversation with Assateague Coastal Trust’s Kathy Phillips (3/31/17)

Assateague Coastal Trust’s Kathy Phillips is on the front lines of the fight for clean water on the Lower Eastern Shore, where she has been very involved with citizen groups that came to Annapolis to testify in support of the Community Healthy Air Act. We asked her about the environmental and public health issues

To enforce pollution laws, we must provide the resources to do it (3/27/17)

One vital component of cleaning up local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay is enforcing laws already on the books to improve water quality and hold polluters accountable. In Maryland, this task falls to the Departments of the Environment (MDE) and Agriculture (MDA), who have designated staff to review permit applications, conduct follow-up inspection visits

Pass the Community Healthy Air Act! (03/20/17)

We all want to live in neighborhoods that are safe. But many communities on the Lower Eastern Shore are seeing growing threats to their clean and healthy neighborhoods.

The poultry industry is a staple on the Lower Shore. As farming practices have become more industrialized, chickens are increasingly being raised in large-scale Concentrated Animal Feeding

Media Statement on the Poultry Litter Management Act (04/11/16)

At the close of the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session, the broad coalition of environmental groups that supported the Poultry Litter Management Act (SB 496/ HB 599) issued the following joint statement:

Statement Responding to Ongoing MDA Data on Fields With High Phosphorus (03/14/16)

March 14, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, MD. –  Environmental organizations released the following statement today, in response to the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s new information about preliminary soil samples showing how many farm fields are over-saturated with phosphorus and may not be able to accept further manure applied, as the state implements the Phosphorus Management Tool:

We are

Farm Bureau Claim On Manure Doesn’T Pass Smell Test (01/16/15)

Agriculture sector only halfway toward 2017 goal for phosphorus pollution
January 16, 2015

Contact: Dawn Stoltzfus, The Hatcher Group, (410) 990-0284


(Annapolis, MD)–Claims by the farm lobby that Maryland’s agriculture industry is ahead of its Chesapeake Bay clean-up goals to reduce pollution are factually inaccurate. The Chesapeake Bay Program confirmed this week that as of

With Publication Of New Phosphorus Rules, Groups Call On Maryland General Assembly To Act (12/01/14)

Latest Version of Rules to Reduce Pollution by Better Controlling Manure Provide Several Exemptions for Farmers and a Six-Year Phase In
December 1, 2014

Contact: Dawn Stoltzfus, The Hatcher Group, (410) 990-0284


(Annapolis, MD) – With today’s publication in the Maryland Register of new rules to better control manure, a coalition of nonprofit organizations called

With Economic Study Of Phosphorus Rules Complete, Advocates Say No More Delay (11/07/14)

Advocates Say New Rule to Limit Manure Represents Biggest Opportunity for Clean Water in 30 Years
November 7, 2014

Contact: Dawn Stoltzfus, The Hatcher Group, (410) 990-0284


(Annapolis, MD) – A Salisbury University economic study shows a new rule to better manage manure would be comparable to, or cost less than, other Chesapeake Bay pollution-reduction